Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb participants have a chance at the thrill of a lifetime. Ever since 1998, it has been possible to arrange Bridge Climb tours that allow people to climb portions of the bridge's southern half. There are three different tours to choose from, as long as you don't chicken out at the last minute. Should you be feeling nervous about executing a Sydney Harbour Bridge climb tour, it should prove reassuring that all climbers are secured to the landmark structure by a safety line. Protective clothing is also provided in the event of bad weather.
Should you be interested in the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb tours, you can choose between the Express Climb tour, the Discovery Climb tour, or the more simply named Bridge Climb tour. The Express Climb tour allows participants to enjoy a speedy climb. The process takes about two hours and fifteen minutes. The Discovery Climb tour lasts about three and a half hours, and participants use stairs and catwalks to get to the 440-foot top. The Bridge Climb tour also lasts around three and a half hours, and participants climb to the top along the outer arch of the bridge, which allows for excellent views of the Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, and a slew of other attractions. The views are amazing regardless of which experience you choose, and it's also possible to arrange night climbing tours if you prefer.
If you're not quite courageous enough to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, you might prefer simply walking across the bridge. On a Sydney Bridge walk, you can travel from one end to another. Pedestrian walkways are in place, and if you walk to the non-city side, you can take a CityRail train back to Circular Quay, the Town Hall stop, or the Central Station. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to execute an end-to-end Sydney Bridge Walk, and you'll cover 3,772 feet if you complete the task. Along the way, taking a break at the Pylon Lookout is recommended. This lookout point offers dynamic views of the Sydney Harbour area. Except for Christmas Day, the lookout is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn about how to take these unique tours at the Sydney Harbour Bridge Visitor Center at 3 Cumberland Street.
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